Grant Writing 101

For graduate school I was asked to write a fake grant proposal as if I were going to apply for one. I struggled with the assignment, did anything except it, and tried to hide from the deadline. Any time any one ever mentions grant writing it is nearly always followed by “Ugh my life” so I was afraid of it as well–untill now.

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Assessment Tools – Assessment Matrix

There is never an end to paperwork (screenwork?) in the Assessment Office. This isn’t so much a bad thing as it is just the nature of the metaphorical beast. Each semester needs certain reports created, documents drawn up, and files stored safely away. Because unlike a business model where projects open and then close, education is a revolving door of (hopefully) never ending service to the student body.

The real problem is keeping up with all those different exams, surveys, and day-to-day work sheets. Enter the Assessment Matrix! Now when I first learned about the assessment matrix I was a little let down that I didn’t learn kung fu from it, however it has a similar effect on your workload.

I know stats-fu!
I know stats-fu!

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Liberal Arts in Today’s Workplace

Being a polymath sometimes isn’t a brag, it’s a way of life, a work life anyway when you are a librarian. In Lori Goetsch’s 2008 article ‘Reinventing Our Work: New and Emerging Roles for Academic Librarians’ she argues that work in libraries isn’t changing as much as completely being revolutionized to keep pace with civilization’s technological advances.

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In short, a librarian in today’s world can’t just know their Library of Congress shelving locations–now they have to be as skilled in computers, customer service, and archives. Once long ago each of these skills was reserved for a specific member of the staff and that was their sole purpose. In the past years that has changed to where each member of the staff has to be able to wear many hats or find a new job.

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‘Udemy’ educational resource review

‘Udemy’ is an educational website much like ‘Khan Academy’ that allows students to take courses online on various and assorted fields of study. Unlike Khan, some courses have to be purchased and as it follows a for-profit structure of content delivery. It is a great resource for both students and techers.

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Freshman Orientation, 2014

I want to send out a huge “Thank You” to all you new USAO students participating in last week’s Freshman Orientation. You were all great sports and a valuable source of information. The information you provided will be invaluable to us as we work to demonstrate that USAO’s type of educational experience is worth every penny.

Over the next few days, I intend to add some preliminary results on some of those assessments to this page. If you are at all curious, make sure to visit us again. Best of luck on your first academic term!

What would motivate you?

Students! We need your help!   The Assessment and Institutional Research Offices give out prizes occasionally for participation in surveys. We want to know what would be a good prize to offer for our next survey. Answer the poll below and comment if you have any thoughts.

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